Getting to Know: Chandler Smith

Chandler Smith

Chandler Smith

June 30, 2014

Each weekday this summer a new cadet-athlete will be featured in Getting to Know, a Q&A series where Army fans can read about their favorite players. Today's cadet is senior wrestler Chandler Smith.

NAME:
Chandler Smith

HOMETOWN:
Overland Park, Kan.

MAJOR:
Double major in American Politics and Latin American Foreign Area Studies

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Dan Tyminski

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM:
The Denver Broncos

BEST PART OF ARMY WRESTLING:
Being surrounded by like minded, hard-working individuals.

FAVORITE VENUE TO WRESTLE AT:
The Palestra at UPENN is a pretty cool venue. There’s a lot of history there and it’s always kind of surreal wrestling there.

OPPONENT MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WRESTLING:
Dylan Palacio from Cornell and I have a little rivalry. He is one of the best wrestlers in the country and he definitely brings the best out of me when we wrestle.

HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR SUMMER:
I hope to train as much as possible since I have completed most of my graduation requirements already. I will be at West Point June 17th and then due to a cancelled military training school I’ll be home until wrestling starts July 27th. When back home I’ll stay busy training and coaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, CrossFit, and wrestling as much as I can to ensure I come back in the best shape of my life.

TO RELAX, I:
Surf the web for good long-form journalism articles.

FAVORITE MEAL:
Tamales de rajas con queso.

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT:
Crossfit 215 in Philadelphia is the only place I’ve taken a vacation to in the past few years.

MY IPOD HAS:
Everything. I think that every genre of music has a context in which it can be enjoyed so I have a lot of stuff. My favorite artists right now are Childish Gambino, the Arctic Monkeys, Camera Obscura, and Snakehips.

FAVORITE PART OF AN ARMY MATCH DAY:
Eating and drinking after weigh-ins.

FAVORITE PART OF WEST POINT:
The competition here is great at bringing the best out of me. The ranking system encourages hard work and I love how it pushes me to get better.

DESCRIBE ARMY WRESTLING: A brotherhood.
Definitely the closest group I’ve ever interacted with.

WHAT WRESTLER WILL SURPISE PEOPLE IN 2014-15:
Travis Mallo is a really good wrestler who’s had to fight through a few injuries the past few years. When he’s healthy he is an incredible wrestler and he’ll shock a lot of people this year.

WHO IS STRONGEST WRESTLER ON TEAM:
Stephen Snyder. Not even close.

WHO IS FASTEST WRESTLER ON TEAM:
Justin Seim can flat out fly. It’s close though, we have a lot of really fast guys on the squad.

WHO IS FUNNIEST WRESTLER ON TEAM:
Samson Imonode and Hunter Wood are both hilarious.

WHICH WRESTLER IS MOST LIKLEY TO BECOME A GENERAL:
One of our old team captains, Jimmy Rafferty, is the best leader I have ever been around and none of us who know him would be surprised to see him as a general.

WHAT TEAM THAT IS NOT ON OUR SCHEDULE WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY AND WHY:
I wrestled in Missouri during high school, so it would be cool to wrestle Mizzou and go against guys who I wrestled with and against in high school.

I FOLLOW HOW MANY PEOPLE ON TWITTER:
I’m not hip enough to have a twitter.

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